More than 100 students from ten schools and pupil referral units across Newport, South Wales, have competed in an innovative engineering challenge as part of an annual ‘Geared Up for STEM’ programme funded the GFG Foundation and delivered by Swansea-based education company Rewise Learning.

 

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Students in Newport are ‘Geared up for STEM’

Date Posted: 28 October 2019

Students were set the challenge of building remotely controlled cars and vans using electronic components and basic materials. This interactive approach demonstrates the real-world applications of STEM and allows students to learn through doing rather than seeing and enables them to develop skills such as problem solving, working as a team and communication.

Nathan John, CEO, Rewise Learning facilitated the workshops and commented: “We are immensely grateful to the GFG Foundation for the support for the ‘Geared up for STEM’ programme, which is doing great things to promote STEM learning and careers to young people.”

Each workshop was also attended by a representative from a local GFG Alliance business, to provide valuable advice on pursuing careers in STEM.

One of the students taking part from Lliswerry High School said: “I thought the challenge of building the car seemed impossible, but the instructors were really friendly and helped me solve the problems for myself. I really learnt a lot.”

Students, staff, mentors and guests came together on 17 October at Caerleon High School, to celebrate the success of the programme. GFG Foundation Manager Claire Neilson was delighted to announce that the programme will be running for another year and added: “Engaging the younger generation in STEM subjects is critical to the future of engineering in this country and is at the heart of this charity’s purpose.”

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